Leicester resident Colleen Molloy has won a place on the Vodafone World of Difference programme to work at Leicester City of Sanctuary.
Colleen is one of 500 people from across the UK who has been selected to work at his/her chosen charity full-time for two months or part-time for four months, supported by the Vodafone Foundation. Almost 2,500 people registered interest for the programme which will see placements start in March.
Colleen will be working to engage more people in Leicester to support the work of Leicester City of Sanctuary with a view to improving community cohesion. The charity aims to welcome asylum seekers to the city and runs a drop in centre, classes and support services for people who have fled from their home country to seek safety in the UK.
Ms Molloy says “I am so excited by this grant opportunity as I am passionate about supporting people who, through no fault of their own, have lost their homes and loved ones and find themselves struggling to survive in a strange city.”
Chair of Leicester City of Sanctuary said “We are delighted that Colleen will be working with us for the next four months. Having someone to handle the publicity side of our organisation really will make ‘a world of difference’ to what we can achieve.”
Campaign ambassador Gok Wan says, “The Vodafone World of Difference programme is fantastic at bringing man power to struggling charities. I love seeing the difference just a few months can make, and the fact that so many winners continue a relationship with their charity after their placement ends is inspiring.”
As part of the Vodafone World of Difference programme, delivered by the Vodafone Foundation, Colleen will keep a blog on their website. A link will be added once this is set up.